Slide Rock State Park

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Slide Rock State Park, situated in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona, is a natural and cultural treasure. Famous for its natural water slide along Oak Creek’s slippery bed, the park spans 43 acres, offering a unique sliding experience amid stunning red rock formations and lush vegetation.

Originally part of the Pendley Homestead, the park combines natural beauty with historical significance, including preserved apple orchards from the homestead era. It’s a perfect spot for swimming, picnicking, hiking, and cooling off in the creek’s clear waters, particularly in summer.

Located within Coconino National Forest, Slide Rock State Park is characterized by red sandstone formations and diverse vegetation, from cacti to riparian plants. Oak Creek, fed by northern springs and snowmelt, shapes the landscape and creates the park’s natural slide.

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The best time to visit is in summer (late May to early September) for the water slide and creek activities, though it’s also the busiest. Late spring or early fall offer quieter experiences.

The park is car-accessible with parking near the swimming areas. It features short trails, but the creek and slide are the main attractions. The terrain can be slippery and rocky, so caution is advised. Entrance fees range from $10 to $30 per vehicle, depending on the season. Facilities include restrooms, picnic areas, and historical exhibits, with limited accessibility for those with mobility impairments due to the natural, rugged setting.

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